Driver charged with unlawful killing of Tom Bannister

Driver charged with unlawful killing of Tom Bannister

Driver charged with unlawful killing of Tom Bannister

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Gargrave woman Debbie Barker has appeared in court charged with the unlawful killing of hotelier Tom Bannister.

Barker, 42, appeared at Skipton Magistrates Court today (Friday) when she was additionally accused of the unlawful killing of Mr Bannister at Carseylands Hill, Airton, sometime between June 20 and June 23 last year.

Earlier charges of causing the death of Mr Bannister, while driving without due care and while over the drink drive limit; of drink driving, and of failing to report an accident, had been adjourned to Friday's court from January.

Barker, of Hellifield Road, is said to have been driving her Range Rover Vogue on Carseylands Hill on June 22 when she caused the death of her friend, Mr Bannister, formerly of The Coniston Hotel, while driving without due care and over the drink drive limit.

She is accused of having a reading of 55 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 of breath, 20 microgrammes over the limit of 35, and of failing to report an accident, where injury was caused to Mr Bannister, as soon as practicable.

Barker, who was represented by her solicitor, Richard Ottley, entered no pleas at her appearance on Friday and her case was adjourned by magistrates to Bradford Crown Court to March 14.

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